Stanford And Long Beach State To Square Off In Regional Championship

June 6, 2004


2004 NCAA Division I Baseball Regional
June 4-6, 2004
Stanford, CA (Sunken Diamond)

Friday, June 4
2 pm, PDT (Game 2): Long Beach State 4, St. John's 3
6 pm, PDT (Game 1): at Stanford 10, UNLV 4

Saturday, June 5
11 am, PDT (Game 3): UNLV 9, St. John's 6 ... elimination game
3 pm, PDT (Game 4): Long Beach State 7, at Stanford 4
7 pm, PDT (Game 5): at Stanford 7, St. John's 2 ... elimination game

Sunday, June 6
1 pm, PDT (Championship - Game 6): Stanford (V) vs. Long Beach State (H)
5 pm, PDT (Championship - Game 7, if necessary): If Stanford wins Game 6, a Game 7 will be necessary

MEDIA COVERAGE
Every game of the 2004 NCAA Division I Baseball Regional at Stanford will be televised live by College Sports Television (CSTV) ... Steve Phillips and Kevin Stocker have the call for Sunday's championship game ... A link for live stats will also be provided for every game from links at gostanford.com and ncaasports.com ... Every Stanford game at the Regional will also be broadcast live on the air at KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com with Sam Stefanki and Michael Etchepare on the microphones.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE 2004 NCAA REGIONAL AT STANFORD
Top-seeded and top-ranked Stanford (46-13) will face second-seeded and 18th-ranked Long Beach State (38-19) in a Regional championship game on Sunday (1 pm, PDT). If Stanford wins the first game of the afternoon, a second championship game will be necessary to determine the Regional champion. Stanford will need to a pair of wins over the 49ers to move on to a Super Regional for a sixth straight season. The Cardinal suffered a 7-4 loss to Long Beach State in Saturday's winners' bracket game before coming back for a 7-2 victory over St. John's in an elimination game on Saturday to earn a rematch with the 49ers. St. John's had beaten UNLV in Saturday's first game by a score of 9-6 to eliminate the Rebels. On the first day of action, Stanford was a 10-4 winner over UNLV, while Long Beach State eeked out a 4-3 win over St. John's with a run in the bottom of the ninth. Stanford is hosting an NCAA Regional for the ninth consecutive year and the 13th time in school history. The Cardinal is the top seed in the double elimination Regional and has also earned the No. 5 national seed, marking the sixth straight season the Cardinal has been awarded with a national seed.

A QUICK LOOK AT STANFORD AND LONG BEACH STATE
Stanford ... is making its 25th NCAA Tournament appearance and its 11th in a row after earning an automatic berth by winning the outright regular season Pac-10 title for the second consecutive year. The Cardinal is also looking to extend its school record string of consecutive College World Series trips to six. Stanford has made 15 trips to the College World Series and five appearances in the CWS championship game, winning the national title in 1987 and 1988 and finishing as runners-up in three of the last four seasons (2000, 2001, 2003). Stanford has an all-time postseason record of 115-55 (.676) and is 63-22 (.741) in 22 Regional appearances after winning two of its first three games in its current Regional. The Cardinal picked up a 10-4 win in Friday night's Regional over UNLV. On Saturday, Stanford dropped the winners' bracket game to Long Beach State, 7-4, before coming back for a 7-2 win over St. John's in an elimination game to earn another crack at the 49ers.

Long Beach State ... spent most of the season ranked among the nation's Top 10 but finished the regular season by losing its final seven contests, its longest losing streak since 1988. The 49ers have turned it around in the first two games of the NCAA Regional, squeaking by St. John's by a score of 4-3 in the Regional opener on Friday and then picking up a 7-4 victory over Stanford in a winners' bracket game Saturday to advance to the Regional championship game. Long Beach State is ranked No. 18 by Baseball America. The 49ers finished second in the Big West with a 14-7 conference record to receive an at-large berth to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. Long Beach State is making its 15th appearance in the event and has an all-time record of 38-19 after winning the first two games in the Regional. The 49ers are making their third consecutive postseason trip to Stanford. Long Beach State reached the final of the 2002 Regional at Stanford before being beaten by the Cardinal in the first and only Regional title game. In 2003, Stanford swept both games of an NCAA Super Regional against Long Beach State.

2004 NCAA DIVISION I BASEBALL REGIONAL TICKET INFORMATION
All-session passes for the event will go on sale Tuesday, June 1, at the Stanford Athletics Ticket Office or by calling 1-800-STANFORD. Stanford Athletics Ticket Office hours this Tuesday-Friday are 9 am - 4 pm. Prices for all-session passes are $50 (Reserved), $35 (Adult General Admission) and $20 (Child/Senior/Student General Admission). Single-game tickets will be available on the day of the game only. Prices for single-game tickets are $15 (Reserved), $12 (General Admission Adult) and $8 (Child/Senior/Student General Admission).

2004 NCAA DIVISION I BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP INFORMATION
Stanford is one of 16 Regional hosts and the No. 5 national seed for the 2004 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. The first round of action June 4-6 features 16 four-team Regionals with the winners advancing to eight NCAA Regionals to be contested June 11-14. The winner of the 2003 Regional at Stanford will face the winner of the Regional being hosted by Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, with the host Fighting Irish being joined by second-seeded UC Irvine, third-seeded Arizona and fourth-seeded Kent State. Selection of the eight super regional hosts will be announced Sunday, June 6, live during an ESPN SportsCenter telecast (8 pm, PDT). The winners of the eight Super Regionals, all to be televised by ESPN/ESPN2 for the second consecutive year, will advance to the 58th College World Series to be held June 18-28 at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.

STANFORD-LONG BEACH STATE HISTORY
Stanford is 5-2 versus Long Beach State during the era of head coach Mark Marquess (1977 - current) ... Prior to losing to the 49ers in a Regional winners' bracket game by a score of 7-4 on Saturday, Stanford had won four straight against the 49ers ... Stanford swept Long Beach State in two games of a 2003 NCAA Super Regional at Sunken Diamond (June 6-7), winning by scores of 5-1 and 4-2 ... Stanford also won both games between the clubs in a 2002 NCAA Regional at Sunken Diamond (June 1-2) with a 5-4 victory in Saturday's winners' bracket game and an 8-4 win in Sunday's first title contest ... Prior to Saturday's win over the Cardinal, the last time Long Beach State had defeated Stanford was by a score of 5-1 in an NCAA Regional at Stanford on May 23, 1998, knocking Stanford out of the Regional ... Stanford won the only regular season meeting between the teams since Marquess took over as head coach with a 12-8 win in Long Beach on March 29, 1990.

STANFORD LOOKING TO REPEAT HISTORY
Stanford is looking to repeat history on Sunday as the Cardinal hopes to repeat the final day of the 2001 NCAA Regional when Stanford swept a pair of games against Texas to advance to an NCAA Super Regional. The doubleheader sweep of the Longhorns in a pair of one-run games (W, 10-9, 10 inn.; W, 4-3) was one of the most dramatic days in Stanford Baseball history. Carlos Quentin provided a game-winning RBI single to win the first contest, while Ryan Garko came through with a clutch two-RBI single to put the Cardinal in front in the eighth inning of the nightcap.

STANFORD LOOKING TO CONTINUE STRING OF ELIMINATION GAME WINS
Stanford is also looking to continue its string of elimination game wins in NCAA Regional and Super Regional games as the Cardinal has won the last eight times it has played an elimination game during Regional or Super Regional action (all at Sunken Diamond). Stanford started the string in 2000 with a 16-6 victory over Alabama in the Regional championship game. The Cardinal then lost the first game of the Super Regional by a score of 7-3 to Nebraska, before coming back for 7-1 and 5-3 wins over the Cornhuskers to move on to the College World Series. In 2001, the Cardinal won three Regional (Stanford 6, Marist 0 ... Stanford 10, Texas 9 - 10 inn. ... Stanford 4, Texas 3) and one Super Regional (Stanford 3, South Carolina 2) elimination game. Last night, the Cardinal extended the string to eight with a 7-2 win over St. John's in an elimination contest.

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